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UPDATE: A man arrested on suspicion of a terrorism offence has been released on bail and four other men arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences remain in police custody.
Officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command along with colleagues from the Counter Terrorism Policing North West (CTPNW) unit and the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) CTP arrested the five men [A-E] on the morning of 30 December at addresses in north London, Manchester and the Peterborough areas.
A 21-year-old man [A] was arrested in Manchester on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of an act of terrorism under Section 40(1)(b) Terrorism Act (TACT) 2000.
A 19-year-old man [B] was arrested in Peterborough and two men [D – 23yrs; E – 22yrs] were arrested in north London on suspicion of the same offence.
A warrant of further detention was applied for and granted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court meaning the four men [A;B;D;E] can be detained up until 13 January 2020.
A 19-year-old man [C] was also arrested in Peterborough on suspicion of encouraging terrorism, under section 1 of TACT 2000. He has since been released on bail to a date in late January 2020.
Searches remain ongoing at a number of addresses in Manchester, Peterborough and north London and the investigation is being led by detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command with support from CTPNW and ERSOU colleagues.
The arrests were part of a pre-planned operation and there is not believed to be any imminent threat to the public in relation to this.
The arrests are not linked to the attack at Fishmongers’ Hall in London on 29 November, nor the forthcoming New Year’s Eve celebrations.